KEEP CALM, Summer’s Coming (15 Sunshine-Inspired Songs) SONG 12 – Blogs – The Ottawa Herald

There are only 18 summers in childhood. -author unknown To be honest, I’ve been putting off writing about this song.   I decided to include “Lost Boy” by Ruth B. on my summer playlist for two reasons.   First, I remember it playing practically non-stop last summer (2016) and I couldn’t quite wrap my head around its […]

There are only 18 summers in childhood.   -author unknown

To be honest, I’ve been putting off writing about this song.   I decided to include “Lost Boy” by Ruth B. on my summer playlist for two reasons.   First, I remember it playing practically non-stop last summer (2016) and I couldn’t quite wrap my head around its success.   And second, because (eventually) its haunting lyrics and melody spoke to me in a way that I hadn’t anticipated.

A piano ballad on the Billboard Top 100 might be unusual, but the term “unusual” pretty much describes this song from start to finish.   The Canadian singer/songwriter Ruth B. said she wrote the first line of the song after watching the television show Once Upon a Time.   She then “debuted” her partial song via the Vine app.   Fans encouraged her to write a full song, and thanks to internet demand, she released a YouTube video in late 2015.   Record labels finally took notice and an official music video arrived in Spring 2016.   Many in the industry thought the idea of a song about Peter Pan simply wouldn’t fly (pun intended.)   Several said it was too “Disney” and others wrote it off as anything but a summer music hit.   Obviously, they were wrong.   A ballad about a young boy who refuses to grow up, a rebel of sorts who will not conform, a carefree character who chooses fantasy over reality…it was a song that resonated with so many…even a 40 something year old mom from the Midwest.

“Lost Boy” was the song that played on the radio when we headed to the ballpark and played again on the long rides home.   On nights when our team won,…

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